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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Bad guys always lose. Friends can take the place of absent family. Anger and narcissism bring problems.
Positive Role Models
Despite his menial professional position, Hank is a hero to his friends. He shows them kindness and care, and they return the favor when they have the chance. Hank looks out for Luther, an orphan in need of some paternal guidance and care. Luther learns that being a supervillain, or a hero for that matter, ultimately isn't as important to him as feeling he belongs to a family. Some stereotypes.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence involves characters exploding, getting shot at, getting turned into zombies, crashing, catching on fire, falling, fighting, and more. Weapons and lasers shoot missiles, fire, and cheese. A cruel mastermind wants to shoot up a school bus, but even his minions say that's crossing a line. On that school bus, kids tease and throw something at one boy's head. Characters talk often about death, dying, and killing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Male characters flirt, often clumsily, with female characters. One female character dresses up as a robot to seductively distract male robots.
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Taunts and insults range from "stupid" and "lame" to "buffoon," "loser," "failure," and "idiot." Also: "doo-doo," "shut up" "butt," and "oh my God." An obese character, standing in a vat of cheese, burps uncontrollably. Another character jokes, "Who cut the cheese?"
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters meet regularly at a bar and drink what looks like beer out of mugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's quite a lot of cartoon violence in Henchmen, including a scene within the first few minutes of an evil mastermind proposing to blow up a school bus full of kids. His minions talk him out of it. The same mastermind plots to kill other characters during the film, and he wields a laser that turns men into zombies. Characters explode, get shot at, crash, catch on fire, fall, fight, and more. Weapons and lasers shoot missiles, fire, and cheese. There's lots of talk of death, dying, and killing, but language is otherwise limited to potty talk like "butt" and "doo-doo," and taunts like "stupid," "lame," "buffoon," "loser," "failure," "shut up," and "idiot." There's burping, vomiting, and "who cut the cheese" jokes, as well as some mild flirtation between adult male and female characters and a couple of bar scenes with adults drinking what looks like beer. Behind all the action is a story of an orphaned teen who dreams of being a supervillain, but really just needs a family. He learns from an adult man who looks out for him that family and friends are more important than power or fame. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
By prioritizing action over story, the makers of this movie miss an opportunity to better exploit the acting chops of Molina, Dawson, Marsden, Jane Krakowski, and others in its stellar voice cast. Instead, the muddled and largely uninteresting tale relies on fast-paced violence, potty jokes, and some awkward interludes of rock music. Viewers who might appreciate the humor, bodily functions, and flimsily-stereotyped superheroes are probably too young for its violence. The characters begin to interact in a more meaningful way toward the end, but it's too little too late. If you really wanted to search deeper, you might interpret in Luther's superpower suit a subtext about humans being prisoners of our own emotions. But it's unlikely Henchmen will inspire such reflection.
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